Matrox Veos Extends Digital Signage

Published on: 2015-02-05

According to this press release:

Matrox Graphics announces the availability and pricing of its new Veos(TM) product. This one-of-a-kind solution comprises three components -- Master unit, Display unit, and Repeater unit -- that work in harmony to create highly flexible and easy-to-work-with digital signage installations. Veos enables a single computer to output up to three channels of content along a single metal-based cable. All Veos components provide over 330 feet of extension with the ability to daisy-chain as many as required, allowing for a virtually unlimited number of displays-with zero loss to image quality.

Key Features

Veos boasts a multitude of features suited for both simple and complex digital signage installations, including:
  • Over 100 meters of digital extension per component
  • Virtually unlimited iterations from a single computer
  • Up to three content channels playing simultaneously
  • Vast resolution support including full 1080p HD
  • RS-232 functionality for display control
Our take:

Matrox will have to contend with the formidable sales forces and entrenched positions of companies like Minicom, Avocent and Magenta Research, however the firm does have a few things going for it: First of all, Matrox also isn't a newcomer to the digital signage industry, and thus has the clout and relationships to show their new kit off to many of the more important vendors and users out there.  Second, they're specifically known for their attention to detail and the excellent image quality that their video cards produce.  And third, if their tech really does allow for lossless distribution over arbitrarily long distances (using their repeaters, of course) at full HD resolutions, then they offer a combination of features that can't be matched yet by the competition.

Of course, there are a few things going against them too.  First, the equipment is quite a bit more expensive than video-over-cat5 tech that is currently "good enough" for most digital signage deployments.  And second, the system doesn't work with Linux, which means that digital signage software vendors like us won't be able to test, use or recommend them.

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